The French Revolution
By: Madison Adams-Walker
A Bit of an Intro to Ease You Into It
The Three Estates
The First Estate
The Second Estate
The Third Estate
Financial Problems and the Causes
Finances were so bad that by 1789, half of Frances budget was spent on interest, or the national debt. 25% of people were unemployed. This horrible debt was caused by the excessive spending by King Louis XVL & his wife Marie Anotinette. This reckless spending angered French citizens. By the end of 1789, France was out of money and the financial crisis only got worse.
Meeting of the Estates General
The Tennis Court Oath
In 1789, the National Assembly swore to a Tennis Court Oath promising a new constitution & limitations to the king's power. The National Assembly wrote their revolutionary ideals in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen which said: "Men are born free and equal in rights." the rights to "Liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression." the declaration guaranteed freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to equal justice.